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The events will be played in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and are being viewed by some as an offset to the threat posed by the Super Golf League being financed by the Saudi Arabian regime and its commissioner, Greg Norman, which is trying to lure away the world’s best players with promises of enormous signing bonuses and guaranteed cash.

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About 30 miles south of Lakeville, Minnesota, lies the Montgomery National Golf Club, featuring eight water hazards (penalty areas) and tree-lined fairways. It also features a yellow submarine, a guitar-shaped bunker that is 50 yards long and a photo of the Fab Four on the wall behind the pro shop counter.

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In a span of 10 years, the LPGA’s Founders Cup tournament has raised almost $4 million for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program. As a result, Girls Golf has added 34 events and stimulated growth for the game of golf, and, in particular, the rapid growth in participation by girls and young women.

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Almost weekly, there are one-day tournaments on one of our local courses, with ribbons, medals or trophies awarded for individual and team play. I'll establish communication with area coaches and checking school websites so as to maximize coverage of our local golfers.

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Think of a good, even great, player in that sport, male or female. Now, refine that thought specifically to identify an outstanding player, star or superstar, who clearly relishes (or relished) living in the spotlight. You likely either like (love) that player or dislike (hate) that player.

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"We hope that fans of golf will come out and watch these fabulous amateurs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning," Galveston Country Club President Bob Senter said. "We are proud to represent Galveston Island and Galveston County for this prestigious event. The competitors will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. all three days, and there is no fee for spectators."

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It is understandable that some golfers decided the fierce protocol was not worth it, and opted out of competition. It should be interesting and insightful to hear what those who chose to endure it all to play in front of no fans, with no money to win, have to say about the importance of chasing a gold medal.